What is the Foundation?

If you have an idea for a project which will develop your skills and benefit others, the Leeds for Life Foundation could help with a cash grant to make it happen. With joint funding from the Alumni Footsteps Fund and the Santander Group, the Foundation has been set up to help fund projects that reflect the enthusiasm, creativity and initiative of our students. You might want to seek out new challenges, to experience new environments and cultures, and make a positive difference to the lives of other people. The Foundation would especially welcome applications from students initiating new projects.

Available funding

Leeds for Life Foundation - We are now accepting applications for semester 2 2018-19 and the application form is available for download below. The deadline for applications is midday Wednesday 27th March 2019!

  • Design your own Leeds for Life project to develop your skills AND benefit others
  • There are two calls for projects each year, at the beginning of semester 1 and semester 2
  • You can apply for up to £500 of funding once during your studies at the University of Leeds
  • Projects must NOT result in any form of academic credit (e.g. final year projects, intercalating medical student projects, reserach activity, accredited work placements)
  • The Foundation is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of all levels and disciplines
  • For further information about the Leeds for Life Foundation, please email the Leeds for Life team: leedsforlifefoundation@leeds.ac.uk

Travel Writing The deadline for applications is 11pm Sunday 31st March 2019

The Ede & Ravenscroft Prize was instituted in 1990 by Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd to mark the occasion of their tercentenary. The prize of £1000 is awarded to a University of Leeds student for a report of their travel during a summer vacation.

To be eligible to compete for the prize you must be a registered student on an undergraduate degree programme now and at the time of travel.  Reports must not exceed 5,000 words and the project/journey must have been undertaken during your summer vacation. Please note that intercalating students from the School of Medicine do not meet the eligibility criteria for this prize.

Each entry must include:

  • The travel report, not exceeding 5,000 words
  • A covering letter clearly stating that it is an original composition intended as an entry for the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize
  • Your name, student ID number, programme and year of study
  • Your University of Leeds email address for correspondence.

There are no application forms and entries should be emailed to the Leeds for Life Foundation leedsforlifefoundation@leeds.ac.uk

Reports will be judged on their ability to engage the reader and, if appropriate, on the use made of visual materials such as photographs, maps and graphs. Incorrect spelling and grammar will be viewed unfavourably.

In the event of there being two or more entries of equal merit, the prize will be divided. In years when no report of a sufficiently high standard is received, no award will be made. Prize-winning reports can be published on the Leeds for Life webiste and social media accounts for publicity purposes.

Conference Awards

Applications are no longer being accepted for academic year 2018-19. Funding will recommence on 16th September 2019 and applications will be available to download from this date.